UN Policy Officer Job Careers – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Title:      Policy Officer
Organisation: Food and Agriculture Organization of the
United Nations (FAO)
: Kampala, Uganda
FAO Representative
The Food and Agriculture
Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has a global mandate to improve
nutrition, increase agricultural productivity, raise the standard of living in
rural populations and contribute to global economic’ growth. Achieving food
security for all is at the heart of FAO’s efforts – to make sure people have
regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives.
FIRST Programme:
Food and Nutrition Security
Impact, Resilience, Sustainability and Transformation (FIRST) is a FAO and the
European Union partnership programme with the purpose of providing a policy
assistance mechanism for improved food security and nutrition and sustainable
agriculture. FIRST is designed to strengthen the enabling environment for food
security and nutrition and sustainable agriculture in a number of selected
priority countries. FIRST will be embedded within the FAO’s programme
management and coordination structure. It will contribute directly to the food
security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture policy and governance related
results envisioned under FAO Strategic Objectives 1 and 2.
The Policy
officer works in close collaboration with EU Delegation and the Permanent
Secretary of Agricultural Planning Department of the Ministry of Agriculture,
Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) relevant government
ministries/institutions. The Policy Officer also coordinates with relevant
sub-regional organizations and other stakeholders in the country. The Policy
Officer (FIRST Programme) provides leadership, guidance and operational support
for results-based policy assistance, governance, capacity development and
facilitates policy dialogue around food security, nutrition and sustainable
Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Offers
    technical and policy advice and/or support to the Government and relevant
    stakeholders in the development and implementation of their policies and
    programmes for improved food security, nutrition and sustainable
  • Advocates
    strategic partnerships, best practices, and policy dialogue in support of
    enhanced policies and governance for food, nutrition security and
    sustainable agriculture;
  • Plans,
    organizes and participates in capacity development plans and activities
    involving the provision of technical advice and assistance, and oversees
    the development of related materials;
  • Regularly
    interacts with UN Regional and Country teams to improve cross-sectoral
    policies and strategies concerning food security, nutrition and
    sustainable agriculture;
  • Keenly
    analyses global and country specific requirements, organizes and leads an
    in-depth assessment of the policy and institutional framework of food
    security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture and identifies areas for improvements;
  • Organizes
    and participates relevant meetings, workshops, seminars and conferences,
    advocates strategic partnerships, best practices, and increase policy
    dialogue and develop and negotiate effective collaboration;
  • Prepares
    reports to FAO, the European Union and the Government on progress
    achievement and issues related to FIRST implementation;
  • Designs
    and participates in resource mobilization activities.
  • Carries
    out gap analysis of agriculture and related policies with a view to
    identify entry points for work planning and implementation of the
    Agriculture Sector Strategic Plan (ASSP)
  • Supports
    Agriculture Sector Ministry, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) with analysis
    of strategies, policies and plans and provide recommendations for
    implementation of the policy and planning frameworks;
  • Provides
    policy advice and related capacity development support to MAAIF for
    implementing its new structure, organization mandate and responsibilities
    premised on the ASSP;
  • Works
    closely with the Agricultural Planning Department to establish a clear
    road map to attaining Agriculture Sector Budget support for the
    implementation of the ASSP;
  • Facilitates
    and strengthens strategic partnership of MAAIF with national, regional and
    international public, private and civil society institutions, programmes
    and networks regarding agriculture related policies;
  • Offers
    support in the development of a policy platform and facilitate
    multi-stakeholder exchange and learning process;
  • Collaborates
    closely with the MAAIF staff, senior advisor and other experts on all
    relevant aspects of food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture
    related policies.
Skills and Experience:
  • The
    ideal candidate for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United
    Nations (FAO) Policy Officer job opportunity should hold an advanced
    university degree in agricultural economics, development economics, food
    security and nutrition and/or sustainable agriculture or related area
  • A
    minimum of seven years of relevant experience in policy analysis, policy
    advice and capacity development related to sustainable agriculture policy
    and/or food and nutrition security
  • Previous
    exposure and relevant knowledge of national policy processes related to
    food security, nutrition, and sustainable agriculture within the East
    African Region (preferably, but not limited to Uganda)
  • Previous
    exposure and relevance experience in facilitating policy dialogue and
    capacity development around food security, nutrition and sustainable
    agriculture among a wide variety of stakeholders previous work experience
    in developing and/or implementing sectoral and cross-sectoral policies and
    programmes as well as coordination among different sectors
  • Extent
    and relevance of experience in resources mobilization
  • Work
    experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in
    field positions is desirable
  • Working
    knowledge of English
  • Personal
    Results Focus, Teamwork, Communication, Building
    Effective Relationships, Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to
FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.
to Apply:
All suitably qualified and
interested candidates should who wish to join the Food and Agriculture
Organization of the United Nations (FAO) should send their applications online
at the link below.  Please first start
with creating a profile or updating if you already have an existing one. The candidates
are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile.
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1st September 2016
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